BEEKMANTOWN — A special event is on the schedule at Point au Roche State Park this winter.

Hosted by Friends of Point au Roche, the day of outdoor fun is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 2, just one site of many slated for this year’s Snowball: A Celebration of Winter in the North Country.

If the weather cooperates with snow, according to a recent Friends of Point au Roche newsletter, there will likely be sledding and/or snowshoeing, along with activities in the Nature Center.

More details will be finalized as the date approaches.


Looking back, 2013 was a busy year for the organization, with 14 volunteer greeters staffing the Nature Center for 37 days.

During that time, the newsletter says, about 1,873 vehicles brought visitors to the Nature Center, with some 815 conversations taking place between greeters and guests.

As well, 555 dogs accompanied their owners to the park, 22 horses were ridden on the trails, two cellphones were rescued, and a lost dog was restored to its person.

“Again in 2013, visitors went out of their way to comment on the friendly and welcoming atmosphere created by our volunteers and on the helpful advice they provided as to the best choice of trails on a given day,” the newsletter says. 

“People often had time constraints and appreciated getting maps and reliable information about their options.”

Many, the report said, expressed appreciation for the new Walker Trail. 

“It was somewhat wet in the beginning of the season but that didn’t appear to dampen enjoyment of the trail,” it said, “and as the summer progressed it increasingly became a stand-out attraction.”


Friends of Point au Roche members have many activities planned for the coming season, including participation in the statewide I Love My Park Day, scheduled for May 3.

Other events, for a variety of ages, will include guided nature walks, bucket gardening for children, 5K runs in spring and fall, fun runs for kids, beach cleanups and orienteering for youngsters. 

The group welcomes new volunteers who would like to assist with any of its activities “or who have ideas or skills for other activities that support our mission,” the newsletter said.

The Friends website was recently given a new look by Shawna Armstrong. Check it out — and learn more about volunteering — at